Newcastle United have agreed a £5million deal with Inter Milan for highly rated Italian international full-back Davide Santon.
Manager Alan Pardew has turned to the 20-year-old Italy international after hitting a snag in negotiations over PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters.
Santon is an attack minded full back whose pace and energy has frightened teams in Serie A. The player has been highly thought of in Italy and has been with the club since he was 14 and former Italy head coach Marcello Lippi even called him a young “Paolo Maldini” as little as two years ago. Santon already has two Serie A titles, a Champions League and Coppa Italia trophy on his CV.